Ryan Taylor, Newcastle’s 25 year-old Newcastle utility player, seems determined to nail down the right-back spot at Newcastle next season.
Ryan Taylor – hopes to make right back spot his own
He’ll have an opportunity too, with Danny Simpson lielky to miss the first four games of next season at least, so it could be that Ryan will start the season at right back for Newcastle.
But we’re also interested to see who gets the two center-back positions and it could be that Chris Hughton could play Steven Taylor at right back, if Williamson continues to look as good as he has since he joined Newcastle in January.
Taylor told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I’ve always said my position is at right-back.” “I’ve played there a lot of the time throughout my career and for the England Under-21s.”
“That’s where I see myself, but if one day the gaffer turned round and asked me to do a job in a different position, I’d be happy to do that.”
“But I’m 25 now and I need to settle down into one position.”
It’;s certainly a disadvantage when you are tagged as a utility player, becasue it’s hard to start a game, but there again you usually get plenty of games, as happened last season for Ryan, who made a total of 36 appearances for Newcastle, with 24 starts and 4 goals.
Taylor wants to be a starter at Newcastle, insists he will fight hard to hold down the starting right-back position at Newcastle next season.
“The competition for places will be even tougher next season.” “I have to lay down a marker and I want to be first choice when it comes to playing.”
It could be that Chris Hughton will want to strengthen the right-back spot, and it wouldn’t surprise us at all if Chris brings in a new right-back during the summer.
And it appears that Taylor is looking forward to playing in the Premiership again, and feels the Newcastle players will be all set when pre-season starts – presumably on Monday , July 5th.
“It will be nice to be a Premier League player again.” “If you spoke to any of the lads they’ll tell you that’s where they want to be.”
“It’s where you want to challenge yourself.” “I’ll be back when pre-season starts and I’ll be working even harder.”
It will be very difficult for Ryan to nail down a starting spot in the Newcastle team next season, but the 25 year-old certainly has the right attitude, and good for him.